Kate Mosse’s first venture into commercial fiction, Labyrinth, is set to be this summer’s doorstep beach-read, says Geraldine Bedell. Kate Mosse is an author and broadcaster. She is the presenter of BBC4’s Readers and Writers Roadshowand guest presents Saturday Review for Radio 4. July In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two.

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As one might expect of a labyrinth, it turns out that there are truths beyond the truths sought. Paperbackpages.

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You wrote two previous novels that were considered quite literary. Mosse has done a lot of intricate research into this time and really conjures up the atmosphere of medieval France as well as many who have gone before her. In the Pyrenees mountains near Labyritnh, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth. Open Preview See a Problem?

I think most of us, despite what we read in the newspapers every day, are looking at ways to connect with other people rather than the opposite. The additional lack of explanation about why certain items i.

Books by Kate Mosse. I also thought that if such a thing as a Grail— grail —did exist then it would be as much of a curse as a modse and there would be a serious purpose to it, a reason why one person was chosen layrinth another not.

Labyrinth Languedoc 1 by Kate Mosse. It is precisely because many people would disagree with me that I labyribth in the first place. And they’re not even an archaeologist?

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Then we have the sex scenes.

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Ultimately, I love this genre Mar 20, Nanna rated it really liked it. I read this book some time ago, and have recently been reminded of its sorry existence by the fact that a dramatisation is due to be screened in the not so distant future. May 3, at 9: My copy of Wolf Hall has a recommendation by her on the back cover; ever time I see it I die a thousand deaths.

Alice later discovers that she is Alais’ descendant. I liked the main character, though she was a little distant at times What effect does this have on how you, as reader, begin the novel? Although, I do think it takes a special kind of genius to come up with something this bad, I really do. I have to reluctantly admit that I bought this book at a thrift store mainly because of the title and cover page. The same is true for the smattering of contemporary French that one encounters in the novel: At first glance, Brown and I look to be working with a similar sort of material—secret societies, ancient secrets, based in France and the Grail at the heart of our stories.

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There is an awful lot of blushing, a lot of emotions getting stuck in throats, a lot of waking up with sets of 4 smells penetrating people’s noses and mouths, a lot of implausible emotional moments, a lot of gasping and eyes filling with tears.

Kate and her husband live in West Sussex and Carcasonne, France. Did I enjoy Labyrinth by Kate Mosse or not? She also finds a unique ring bearing an unusual symbol: I wasn’t able to guess what was going to happen three chapters ahead. I’m glad that I read it. The title, the cover, the blurb, the size, even the genre historical fiction did not excite me so I delayed, procastinated, snuck other books in ahead of it. Or at least it felt that way.

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Fiction Book Review: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, Author . Putnam $ (p) ISBN

It also had the merit of sending me to sleep on a number of occasions. View all 22 comments. Yet, there were several loose ends. The books belong to the Cathars, a sect active in medieval Pyrenean France who represent tolerance, ecumenicalism and all things nice in fact, at times they resemble nothing so much as go-ahead Church of England curates in mlsse multicultural urban parish.

In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather ba Book Description from Amazon.

The story line drew me in – two different lives were connected by history yet born centuries apart. Like all writers of historical fiction, libraries, museums, and books, books and more books!

Vote in the poll and ratings. Members of the dig go mysteriously missing, as people begin to die for unknown reasons. The novel slips between past and present, one life recalling and echoing the other, rather as one can sense the presence of previous inhabitants in the atmosphere seeping from the stones of old cities. No I would not.

The baddies are the northern French, who disguise their greedy designs on the rich agricultural land of the Languedoc by using the language of religious orthodoxy and the cultural authority of the inquisition.